Digital versions of The SUN newspaper now available

PREVIEW Columnist, and the Library Staff

If you’re looking for an easy and pleasant way to review the history and happenings in Archuleta County over the past 143 years, and into the future, all you need to do is come to your library.

Thanks to generous donations by the Women’s Civic Club, recently disbanded, and the Friends of the Library, the library’s collection of The Pagosa Springs SUN newspapers going back to 1870 has been digitized.

You can access the papers at a special dedicated computer at the library.  Unfortunately, because of copyright issues, you can’t do this from home on your personal computer.

Every one of the articles and photos — even including the classified ads — from more than 7,000 issues of The SUN have been scanned from our microfilm files by the Creekside Digital company in Maryland.  The images have been stored as pdf files and a comprehensive index has been created.  Just do a keyword search for whatever you want to see.  It’s easy, and it’s just like reading the entire paper on the computer.

Since our microfilm reader is on its last legs, we are grateful that we are able to take advantage of the latest digital technology to preserve our SUN newspapers and make them easily accessible for you.

Lifelong Learning tonight 

Tonight (Thursday, Oct. 17) marks the start of the library’s free six-week fall Lifelong Leaning lecture series, when Joan Ward from the Wellness Center at the Pagosa Springs Medical Center will give you tips and recipe modifications for healthful holiday eating.  All Lifelong Learning lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m.

Free art fun

“Art Attack” for first-third graders takes place tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 18) from 2-3 p.m.

Free technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays.  Join her for one-on-one informal help with your computer or tablet issues.  A more formal session on Digital Photos takes place Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 12:30–2:30 p.m.  You will learn how to organize, edit and share your photos on your computer.  This class requires registration.

Free Spanish class

The fifth of a six-part Spanish class for all ages takes place Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 4:30–5:30 p.m., taught by Roberta Strickland.  The book used in class costs $8 and can be purchased at the library.  Registration is required.  You do not have to attend all sessions to participate.

Free crafts for teens

A teen crafts session called “Make It!” takes place Monday, Oct. 21, from 4–5 p.m. for seventh-12th graders.

Free teen gaming

Every Tuesday from 4–5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and Pokemon Card Battles, and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle games.  Snacks provided.


“World War Z” is an action thriller starring Brad Pitt.  “Iron Man 3” is an adventure starring Robert Downey Jr. “The Wizard of Oz” is a 75th anniversary collection of this beloved classic.  “From Russia with Love” and “Dr. No” are James Bond thrillers starring Sean Connery.  “Admission” is a heartwarming comedy starring Tina Fey.


“The Sound of the Furry” by Spencer Quinn is the sixth installment of the Chet (canine narrator) and Bernie (human partner) mystery series. “The Mayan Secrets” by Clive Cussler and Thomas Perry is an adventure story set in Mexico. “Evil Eye” by Joyce Carol Oates contains four chilling novellas about love.  “The Whole Enchilada” by Diane Mott Davidson is the latest in the mystery series featuring caterer Goldy Schultz.

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Edge of Normal” by Carla Norton explores the life of a woman who escapes from captivity after being kidnapped. “Deceived” by Randy Wayne White is the second in a new series featuring Hannah Smith. “The Quest” by Nelson DeMille is an adventure set in Rome and Ethiopia.  “The Whole Enchilada” by Diane Mott Davidson is the latest in the mystery series featuring caterer Goldy Schultz.

Other new fiction

“Madd Addam” by Margaret Atwood is the concluding book of her science fiction trilogy.  “Styxx” by Sherrilyn Kenyon is the latest in the Dark-Hunter fantasy series.  “Someone” by Alice McDermott takes readers through the unforgettable 20th century life of a Brooklyn-born Irish American.  “Covet” by Tracey Garvis Graves tells of an apparently perfect marriage, but all is not what it seems. “The Longest Ride” by Nicholas Sparks is the story of two couples whose lives intersect.

Memoirs and biographies

“Still Foolin’ ‘Em” is a memoir by comedian Billy Crystal. “Salinger” by David Shields and Shane Salerno is the biography of reclusive author J.D. Salinger. “Mark Twain (volume two)” includes recollections and critiques he considered too provocative to be published in his lifetime.  “Wilson” by Pulitzer Prize winner A. Scott Berg is the biography of our 28th president.  “An Appetite for Wonder” by Richard Dawkins is the memoir of this evolutionary biologist and world-famous atheist.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Joe Bauman, Jeanne Kaiser plus several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” — Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), longest serving First Lady of the USA.


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This story was posted on October 17, 2013.